Apple buys personal assistant Cue, takes aim at Google Now
0. phoneArena 03 Oct 2013, 23:48 posted on
We hear about Google acquisitions all the time, but it feels like it has been a while since we heard about an Apple acquisition. Well today, news has come out that Apple has agreed to purchase Cue, which is a personal assistant app that has been doing very Google Now-like things since before Google Now existed...
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, I'll look forward to next year when iFanboys and girls come in shrieking about yet another feature that Android will have had for years.
5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's why I made a point to note that Cue was around on iOS before Google Now existed. Someone is going to call out "copying", because someone always does. But, as usual, it will be a misguided argument because Cue came before Google Now, and before Cue were human personal assistants. And really, why don't we get mad at Cue and Google for copying those humans?
8. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I'm not saying I'll be upset with Apple for having the feature. I'm just noting that on a customer facing basis, that's what I'll have to deal with. I'll have to deal with customers streaming in and acting like a good virtual personal assistant doesn't already exist elsewhere.
25. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The ignorance of others only has an effect on you if you let it.
23. rcl4444 (Posts: 32; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
Firstly I'd like to thank you for your articles where you've been highlighting about the continual and often misguided accusations of copying.
While I agree with you overall, we have to draw the line at some point. Yes, Cue did it before Google, we had human PA's before Cue, we had mothers and wives before PA's, and so on.
There's a difference between an idea and a technical invention/application/product.
The 'Idea' of a PA has been around for a long time, so we're not copying it, we're re-inventing it.. The 'invention' of a portable PA service has been around only a few years. If Cue was the first to bring this to a mobile device, then it's correct to say others copied.
However next year if/when Apple starts saying what they have a PA first for iPhone, or is the most beautiful, that it changes the way people will use their phones forever, etc... all of which is intended to plant belief in peoples minds that Apple innovated it - lets remember this conversation and set the record straight.
24. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
If you look at the history of invention (Kevin Kelly's "What Technology Wants" has a good overview), you'll see that there have been plenty of instances throughout the years where things have been invented completely independently of one another but at the same basic time.
It's all a matter of when the technological precursors are created. We needed voice recognition to hit a certain point before voice command could happen. Voice command was inevitable, it doesn't matter who did it first.
The same thing applies here and with many other things. Cue did release first, but it's hard to claim that Google wasn't working on Now before Cue was released. What is released first doesn't necessarily mean everything afterwards was a copy, it could just mean that it had a longer development process.
22. rcl4444 (Posts: 32; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
As much as I agree with your comment the shrieking now happens both ways - which as an Android user I'm disappointed to see and admit.
Though I do feel this has originated from Apple fan's sometimes 'rabid' behaviour and a backlash to Apple's tendency to make new things on iPhone sound like their own innovations or world firsts.
2. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
History has shown us many times that when Apple does something that has already been done, they do it much better than the original.
12. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
Why haven't the moderators attacked you on your comment? Aren't you trolling? Yeah and as if google maps worked perfectly when it released. It took around 7 years for google to make google maps perfect.
15. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 753; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
You were proven wrong. Just admit it and move on.
16. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Um, Dark Knight, did you seriously just ask why moderators haven't attacked THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE for his (perfectly valid) argument?
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5284; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Burrrrrrrnnnn lol and the best part you didn't even reply properly.....
Also there is the antegagate as another example
26. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2604; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Hey, that sounds exactly like what I said when Apple Maps was released:http://www.phonearena.com/news
The point is that you are claiming that when Apple does something, it is often better than the original. But, there are many examples where that either isn't true, or the differences make it impossible to claim one is truly better.
7. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)
4G data? Multitasking? Notification Center?
It seems as though your "history" isn't factual
10. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 147; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Don't forget all the issues with iOS 7 nowadays. Text alignment issues, gyro sensors working improperly, not to mention quite a few other bugs in iOS 7. Only thing they really perfected in time, is Indoctrination.
11. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
What the hell? I have there ios devices and I don't experience any of these bugs. Stop lying hater! That gyro thing is with the 5S not other ios devices and as if your lame droid devices don't have issues as soon as they release.
14. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Someone clearly can't stand the idea that iOS is anything but perfect.
17. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
That's because I am talking in terms of daily usage. So you wanna know what would happen with my GS3? All of a sudden "camera failed" and then I had to reboot. Then those two Arrows in the wifi signal bar just go off randomly when am browsing the web I have to wait about three seconds for the arrows to come back and for the webpage to start loading. These are just few of the many issues I have experienced randomly. I use my ios devices daily and I hardly encounter issues. Ios is a million times more reliable than android,
18. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Uh....huh. So if I were to follow your logic, I could say "But my Android phone did none of that, so obviously Android has virtually no issues and is way better than iOS!!!"
It took me a while to learn this: personal experience doesn't necessarily reflect the experience of others. I've never had a Motorola phone give me anything more than a handful of passing issues, but I'm. Not. Everyone.
21. protozeloz (Posts: 5284; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Welthis video thas a fair comparison of "user experience"
20. protozeloz (Posts: 5284; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Can you explain how your "camera failed" also stop lying to yourself because you think iOS is more reliable doesn't make it true at best iOS would be as reliable as android
9. Sniggly (Posts: 6400; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Sometimes they do it better than the original. Many times they don't. Sometimes when they do it first they don't do it better than those who come after.
3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Oh what happened to SIri, Is she not able to do job like Google Now? Well this is good and CUE can improve Siri. I want Cortana to have all the features something revolutionary.
And Google Now, Siri, Cue, Cortana, etc. all should be available for every platform in the world. :)
4. Fishbowl (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)
Apple Maps! Sorry, i just could not resist.
Edit: this was meant for TDK, but whatever. It was kinda trollish. It'll be interesting to see how they'll incorporate it with Siri.